For Mark Miller, liberty centers on the right to be secure in your property. Like America’s Founding Fathers, Mark is influenced by Scottish philosopher David Hume, who observed that stable property ownership is a predicate for a stable society. The Founding Fathers were so sure of this, they built into the Constitution and Bill of Rights foundational protections for the right to own and be secure in one’s property. Mark believes we are responsible for protecting all of our constitutional rights, especially property rights, because—as President Ronald Reagan observed—our children do not inherit these rights in the bloodstream. We must fight for them and pass them on. That’s what Mark has done throughout his career.
Mark joined PLF in 2014, and in the years since he has concentrated on property rights litigation and policy. A board-certified specialist in appellate litigation, Mark most notably served as lead counsel for the landowners in the Weyerhaeuser v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service case, a unanimous win for property rights at the Supreme Court of the United States. He also served as second chair in PLF’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. case, another unanimous win at SCOTUS for property owners against federal government overreach.
Mark attended college and law school at the University of Florida, earning both degrees with honors. He elbow-clerked for U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. and Florida state appellate court Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr. Mark credits both judges with instilling in him a love for the Bill of Rights, especially the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. In 2020, Mark left PLF to take on a new role as general counsel and then chief of staff for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. As Governor Noem’s longest-serving chief of staff, Mark worked behind the scenes to promote smaller government, cut red tape, defend individual rights, protect liberty, and advance free-market principles. In 2023, he returned home to PLF.
Mark frequently writes and appears in print, on radio and TV, before state legislative committees, and in other public settings. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, and his PLF work has been featured on CBS News, ABC’s The View, CBN, and Fox News. He regularly appears on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel as a Supreme Court commentator.
Mark and his wife Mindy, a Catholic school principal, have four children. Two of them are University of Florida alums like their dad, and two of them are University of Notre Dame grads (or a grad-to-be) like their mom. If you are looking for Mark on fall weekends, you’ll most likely find him rooting for either the Gators in the Swamp or his beloved Fightin’ Irish in the House that Knute Rockne and Lou Holtz Built.
Mark is a member of the bar only in the states of Florida and New Jersey.